June 13, 2014
Cyber Statecraft Initiative Assistant Director Klara Tothova Jordan writes for Huffington Post on why NATO must substitute strategic ambiguity for clarity in formulating how the collective defense pledge plays out in times of cyber threats in order to bolster confidence among NATO allies:

Facing an adversary that does not shy away from including cyber tools in its playbook, the time has come for NATO to substitute strategic ambiguity for clarity in formulating how the collective defense pledge plays out in times of cyber threats. 

Russian aggression against Ukraine is taking place in cyberspace as well as on the ground. Ukrainian government sites have been attacked. In March, several NATO public sites were brought down by suspected Russian hackers as well. NATO's Baltic members are nervous that they are the next on Moscow's offensive line.

The Ukraine crisis is a reminder that the time has come for NATO to substitute strategic ambiguity for clarity in formulating how the collective defense pledge plays out in times of cyber threats for the sake of bolstering the confidence among the Allies and in the interest of physical and functional self-preservation of the organization. 

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